Spending Sacred Time with the Rev. Qampicha Daniel Wario of Northern Kenya

April 19, 2013

Qampicha and Stephans

My family (me, Missy, Madeline and Jack with Qampicha)

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9-10

This is the Biblical text that the Rev. Qampicha Daniel Wario quoted to begin his presentation to the Men’s Prayer Group of Elizabeth City that meets on Tuesday mornings at 7 a.m.  This was Qampicha’s initial opportunity to share the story of his ministry and to challenge Christians in the ElizabethCity / Camden, NC area.  Qampicha would share his story nine times before he and I said “Goodbye” to each other, and he ventured to the next segment of his journey along the East coast.

I listened during these times as Qampicha shared his testimony, the challenges of his ministry, about his family, about Northern Kenya and about Tumaini School that he began in 2010.  Tumaini means “hope.” In all of his discussions, Qampicha always got around to focusing on the children of Northern Kenya.  Anyone listening can discern that he considers all of the children at the school and in the region to be God’s treasures. Qampicha is in America to help assure that those children and their families can hear the gospel and be swayed away from false religions, especially Islam, and brought to salvation in Jesus Christ.  Because of drought and the loss of livestock, he considers education to be their one hope for a better life.

While we were together at seminary between 2008 and 2010, Qampicha and I shared classes together, and I didn’t think enough about his home and way of life there.  There were times when Qampicha came over to our house to watch European soccer – he’s a Chelsea fan.  We enjoyed the game and talked soccer.  It’s not easy to imagine life in rural villages in Northern Kenya.  We think things like “It can’t be that bad,” or “I’m sure they are fine,” or “Well, that’s where he is from so he must be used to it.” After seeing Qampicha’s slide show a few times and listening to him with others and privately in the car and our home, I began to realize that life in Sololo and the surrounding area of Northern Kenya is harder than I can really imagine.

By spending three days this week with Qampicha and listening to his presentation, the reality of life in Northern Kenya near the Ethiopian border began to sink in.  Qampicha lives in a very rural area with no electricity, no running water, no stores, few buildings, few churches and few or none of everything I take for granted as daily comforts of life.  Qampicha’s life is hard; his ministry has great opposition and obstacles. To evangelize and pastor where he lives, Qampicha has given up any hope of gaining income from the daily work he does.  The people have little and what they have is rarely transferable.  To continue to minister to these little ones, Qampicha must have help from others.  “The laborer deserves his wages.” (1 Tim 5:18)  Qampicha is laboring the fields of God’s harvest to the glory of God.

Qampicha gave a presentation to two 2nd grade classes at Grandy Primary  School in Camden, NC this week.  Ms. Robinson and Ms. Hassell were gracious hosts, as were the children who delighted to listen to Qampicha and watch his photo presentation.  When the picture of Tumaini School’s classroom full of smiling children came on the screen, I became aware of the contrast between the schools.  Our classrooms are full of books and resources, even a laptop, projector and touch screen.  Tumaini’s classroom is bare-boned – cinder-block walls, wooden desks and chairs and few books – fewer than the number of students.  Qampicha shared with the Camden children how far the children at Tumaini walked to school and to get water – miles and miles; they often come to school after having breakfast of a cup of tea.

During each of Qampicha’s presentations, he not only painted the picture of life in Northern Kenya but also ministered to his audiences.  He always imparted a “spiritual gift to strengthen” us. He spoke to the Men’s Prayer Group and witnessed about relying on God and seeing God’s provision and power displayed.  Qampicha prayed with us, even praying the Lord’s Prayer in his native tongue – none of us understood, but we all felt the Spirit move during the prayer.  During the reception and dinner for Qampicha at Church of the Redeemer, Qampicha rejoiced in our fellowship together as Christ’s body – something so true and significant, as we saw the needs his family and churches have.  They are part of our family in faith, and we can help them.

Dr. Robert Reese of Mid-Atlantic ChristianUniversity was gracious to host Qampicha at two of his classes and lunch at the school.  Qampicha spoke to future missionaries and ministers about the hardships and difficulties of the ministry field of Northern Kenya.  He emphasizes the necessity of following Christ into incarnational ministry among the people.  Truly loving the people and entering their lives matters more than anything.  The author of Hebrews writes that “Solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” (Heb 5.14)  Qampicha demonstrated the necessity of such discernment in leading people to salvation in Christ while affirming the meaningful and compatible cultural traditions.   Qampicha embodies such discernment and love for the people to whom God has called him.  He seems to exude love to everyone with whom he speaks and fellowships.

Each time Qampicha spoke about his mission to the various tribes surrounding his home in Kenya, I was impressed by his level of practical knowledge and wisdom regarding reaching “unreached” people groups.  He is a great teacher possessing a wealth of knowledge and experience at 38 years old.  When you spend time with Qampicha, it becomes clear that he also maintains a pure life of holiness in “field” and among us.  He has given the devil no foothold.  Although he sees how luxurious we live in the West, he blesses us and holds no animosity, jealousy or covetousness.  He shares his story and lets God bring conviction and generosity.  He lets pictures speak a thousand words.  For $25 a month, he lets you change a child’s life and eternity.

Qampicha shared several times about the call of God on his life to return to his rural home and start a Christian school for the children. He knows he could have gone from seminary to the “big city” and had more comforts for himself and his family; however, he also knows he is where God wants him, so he looks to God for help and fruitfulness.  He also looks to us – who have more than we need – for help.  It doesn’t take much sacrifice on our part to make a big difference in his life and ministry.  We can help.  We can make a difference for the kingdom of God by supporting him.  He has been blessed to have his calling confirmed by friends who developed the Kenya Christian Education Partnership to support Tumaini School.  It is a not-for-profit organization based in Ambridge, PA.

Through Qampicha’s leadership and ministry, churches have sprung up under trees and cliffs.  Evangelists are trained and sent out throughout the Marsabit Diocese that is the size of England.  In his slide show of Kenya, Qampicha shows one of their evangelists who has led over 200 people to Christ!  In response to a question from a pastor, Qampicha answered that in the last year he has led 8-10 Muslims to salvation in Jesus Christ.  Many of the 260+ children at Tumaini School are from Muslim families who want their children to have an education.  This is the hope of Africa, a continent that Muslims have targeted to take over for Islam.

During a Bible study on the Book of Revelation that Qampicha attended at our church, Qampicha shared about the trials of his ministry and the encouragement he has in the hope of the “New Jerusalem.”  Christians, like me, in the West share that same hope, but we don’t necessarily share the hardships, persecution and lack that Qampicha experiences; however, we can become a “partner in tribulation” with Qampicha and his family in Northern Kenya through prayer and support, even through our visits to him.

Qampicha spent three days with me and my family.  I miss him. He exudes the fruit of the Spirit; the living water of the Spirit flows from him.  During his stay, he took every occasion he had to bless my children, my wife, our home and me.  He prayed for us many times.  Only a few times did Qampicha mention the needs of his own family – his wife Safia and his sons Waqo and Ebbissan.  They have needs too, and we can help with the gifts that God has given to us to steward and to share with the Body of Christ around the world.

Qampicha and I pictured below with students from Grandy Primary’s 2nd grade classes

qampicha and children


One Response to “Spending Sacred Time with the Rev. Qampicha Daniel Wario of Northern Kenya”

  1. Wario Luka Says:

    What Qampicha is saying is pure truth and many of us could not go his path due to challenges involved Wario is unique we only pray for him in his endavour to stand with less fortunate children of SOLOLO MAY GOD BLESS QAMPICHA!

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